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Haydn: Symphonies Vol 32 / Gallois, Sinfonia Finlandia


Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557771   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Patrick Gallois' contributions to Naxos' Haydn series have been some of the best, and this latest release is no exception. Symphonies 9-12 are a nicely varied lot, and rare enough on disc to make this release very useful to collectors looking to plug a gap in their Haydn discographies. The first and last have three movements (No. 9 ending with a minuet); No. 10 has the traditional four movements, and so does No. 11, but it begins with an Adagio (so-called "church-sonata form"). No. 12 features a very impressive, dramatic, minor-key Adagio that lasts some eight minutes, and has more than enough musical substance to justify its length, and the repeats.

The performances are stylish, lively, and perfectly played by the
Read more Sinfonia Finlandia, and my only criticism (once again) concerns the excessively obtrusive continuo part. Haydn didn't ask for it, the music doesn't need it, and the problem with modern performances, even purportedly "authentic" ones, is that the harpsichord player is always tempted to do too much, to fill out the part like a genuine Baroque figured bass, whereas we pretty much know that by this time any keyboard participation was likely limited to occasional bits of harmonic filler or stiffening of rhythm for ensemble purposes. This is very much a matter of individual taste, and certainly the problem, if it be such, isn't serious enough to undermine enjoyment of these well-recorded performances.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 9 in C major, H 1 no 9 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1762; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Suolahti Hall, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 10 in D major, H 1 no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Suolahti Hall, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 13 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 11 in E flat major, H 1 no 11 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Suolahti Hall, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 12 in E major, H 1 no 12 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Suolahti Hall, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 16 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 9 in C major, Hob.I:9: I. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 9 in C major, Hob.I:9: II. Andante
Symphony No. 9 in C major, Hob.I:9: III. Finale: Menuetto - Trio
Symphony No. 10 in D major, Hob.I:10: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 10 in D major, Hob.I:10: II. Andante
Symphony No. 10 in D major, Hob.I:10: III. Finale: Presto
Symphony No. 11 in E flat major, Hob.I:11: I. Adagio cantabile
Symphony No. 11 in E flat major, Hob.I:11: II. Allegro
Symphony No. 11 in E flat major, Hob.I:11: III. Menuet - Trio
Symphony No. 11 in E flat major, Hob.I:11: IV. Finale: Presto
Symphony No. 12 in E major, Hob.I:12: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 12 in E major, Hob.I:12: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 12 in E major, Hob.I:12: III. Finale: Presto

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